PhD by Research
PhD (or doctorate) is the highest academic qualification available. A PhD degree is designed to provide strong grounding in
highly specialised areas through research. Its goal is to enable students to be researchers in their related fields, contributing
to academic knowledge and developing work of internationally publishable quality.
a Research Topic and Supervisor
If you are considering a PhD degree, one of your first actions before applying
for admission to the program is to identify and communicate with a potential supervisor in the relevant area. E-mail the people
whose research is most relevant to the area in which you wish to work, and initiate the discussion.
You are expected to have an undergraduate degree in the related subject,
with a minimum degree class of 2:1 or equivalent. If you do not already have an MSc degree, then we would normally expect
you to complete such a degree prior to starting the PhD program. Many students complete their MSc degree in our department
before progressing to the PhD.
Overseas applicants will normally be required to provide evidence of English language
proficiency. For a research degree, applicants will require a good command of both written and spoken English.
Study mode and duration
Full-time PhD students normally spend three years in study. If you do
not already have a Master’s degree, then we would normally expect you to complete such a degree prior to starting the
PhD programme. If you have already obtained an appropriate Master’s degree, you may be required to take one or more
relevant modules in the School’s MSc in Psychological Research to complement your background and expertise. Part-time
students have five years to complete the PhD, and two years to complete the MSc skills modules if required.
thesis is a large project. It will require attention throughout your studies. We have established a system to keep your research
on track and help you manage your time. Completing a successful thesis builds on skills and knowledge acquired throughout
the MSc modules. It constitutes an original piece of research, usually including several experiments or observational studies.
PhD thesis must be defended at the end of your studies in a viva voce examination. This comprises an oral report of the research
in the presence of an examining committee.
How to Apply
Applicants must have a
first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent. International students are welcome and encouraged to apply, for
exceptional international candidates, we also offer financial aid.
Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate programs and
postgraduate research programs at the University.